Man in North Carolina Not Guilty of Rape After 24 Years in Prison!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
On May 21st, 2012, state prison officials released William James Grimes, 65 year old, on parole, after a panel concluded in April that it believes Grimes was not guilty of the October 24th, 1987, rape of an elderly woman in Hickory, N.C.
Mr. Grimes was convicted in 1988 on two counts of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree kidnapping, according to state criminal records. He was sentenced to life in prison nearly 24 years ago but always contended he was not guilty. The key to his release was the only remaining evidence in the case - fingerprints on banana peels that were left outside the victim's resident. The woman told police that her attacker grabbed bananas as he left.
The N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission held a hearing on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th of this year. During the hearing, SBI fingerprint analyst Brian Delmos said the fingerprints on the banana peels actually belonged to Albert Lindsay Turner. Turner, who is 65 year old, has a history of several arrests and convictions and is currently not in prison but in a nursing home.
Watch the videos of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission's hearing of the case of Willie J. Grimes taped on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2012.
Read the article here.